A year ago, U.S. auto-safety regulators closed a probe into unintended acceleration by Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles, saying floor mats and sticky accelerator pedals were to blame. Yesterday, regulators said all cars should have safety features that address acceleration from electronic malfunctions and other causes.
The top U.S. auto-safety regulator said he is “working through the bully pulpit” to make sure rental-car companies such as Avis Budget Group Inc. and Hertz Global Holdings Inc. complete repairs on recalled vehicles.
As many as 5.1 million sport-utility vehicles made by Chrysler Group LLC, the carmaker run by Fiat SpA, will get closer scrutiny from U.S. regulators looking into about two dozen reports of fires after rear-impact crashes.
Enterprise Holdings Inc., the largest U.S. rental-car company, lets autos under federal safety recalls be rented before repairs, consumer advocates said in a petition asking the Federal Trade Commission to bar the practice.